A Late Post on Thanksgiving Festivities

The past few weeks have blown by!!! My first semester is almost over, and if this ice will melt away it would make things a bit better. So, since being cooped up and have reorganized my computer, caught up on some website work, cleaned the house and planned my baking list, it is time to tell you about Thanksgiving!!!!!!

It was a chilly morning with an amazing pink sunrise!!!! I got up early to prepare Tom the Turkey, but not early enough to beat my house guest to the oven. 

It was a chilly morning with an amazing pink sunrise!!!! I got up early to prepare Tom the Turkey, but not early enough to beat my house guest to the oven. 

GPat, was up and ready to cook!!!! After taking a gaze at the sunrise and a small pot of coffee was made, it was time to prepare Tom. Much to GPat's dismay, this year he would be wearing bacon suspenders!!!!!!

GPat, was up and ready to cook!!!! After taking a gaze at the sunrise and a small pot of coffee was made, it was time to prepare Tom. Much to GPat's dismay, this year he would be wearing bacon suspenders!!!!!!

We put the cook top on high and started preparing the sides! Potatoes were on, eggs were coming to a boil, veggies cut and placed.....an incident occured with the pea salad. This is by far my favorite dish, and really the only reason to have holidays!!!! GPat was a bit too heavy handed with the salt, after an extra can of peas (found in the back of the cabinet) a can of corn, some lime juice we finally diluted the salt!!!!!! It was very tasty!!!

We put the cook top on high and started preparing the sides! Potatoes were on, eggs were coming to a boil, veggies cut and placed.....an incident occured with the pea salad. This is by far my favorite dish, and really the only reason to have holidays!!!! GPat was a bit too heavy handed with the salt, after an extra can of peas (found in the back of the cabinet) a can of corn, some lime juice we finally diluted the salt!!!!!! It was very tasty!!!

Jake was not amused with all of our creations!!!!!....or maybe it was all the photos I insisted on taking......he had another tasty beverage and seemed to feel better ;)

Jake was not amused with all of our creations!!!!!....or maybe it was all the photos I insisted on taking......he had another tasty beverage and seemed to feel better ;)

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GPat brought with her many serving dishes! This one holds a special place on the Cotter Thanksgiving table. This is the dish that my Great Grandma Cotter placed the cranberries in and so it must go on!

GPat brought with her many serving dishes! This one holds a special place on the Cotter Thanksgiving table. This is the dish that my Great Grandma Cotter placed the cranberries in and so it must go on!

Tom was ready to be carved, he wasn't the best looking fellow, but he suited just fine!

Tom was ready to be carved, he wasn't the best looking fellow, but he suited just fine!

Sprout was very curious throughout the day....and ensured the floor stayed in tip top shape!

Sprout was very curious throughout the day....and ensured the floor stayed in tip top shape!

The sous chef was hard at it for two days!!! Gathering ingredients for pies, chopping cutting and preparing.....and adding an extra or two doses of vanilla in one of the pies.....putting her own touch on things :)

The sous chef was hard at it for two days!!! Gathering ingredients for pies, chopping cutting and preparing.....and adding an extra or two doses of vanilla in one of the pies.....putting her own touch on things :)

These are my favorite views! Kitchen discussions!!!!

These are my favorite views! Kitchen discussions!!!!

And of course PaPaul needed an update on the progress of the Mazda!!! :)

And of course PaPaul needed an update on the progress of the Mazda!!! :)

Once our bellies were full, it was time to visit the goats on this wonderful day!

Once our bellies were full, it was time to visit the goats on this wonderful day!

Some of us didn't want to take a ride on the crazy ranger, probably a wise choice. 

Some of us didn't want to take a ride on the crazy ranger, probably a wise choice. 

The goats enjoyed a bit of a feast of their own.

The goats enjoyed a bit of a feast of their own.

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Our guests admired the play area that Jake and Jess are building for the goats. 

Our guests admired the play area that Jake and Jess are building for the goats. 

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Of course the pups welcomed our venture into the field!!!

Of course the pups welcomed our venture into the field!!!

We finally broke loose from the needy Great Pyrenees, and headed back for dessert.

We finally broke loose from the needy Great Pyrenees, and headed back for dessert.

But what would a holiday be without taking a shot with the 50cal?!

But what would a holiday be without taking a shot with the 50cal?!

I had such a wonderful time with my family!!!!! I am so grateful to have them all!!! We get a bit crazy but I think we work well together! Not everyone was able to make it, but they were definitely in our thoughts!! I absolutely loved having my grandparents and aunt stay with us!!! This is the exact reason I am so happy to have a home.......as I said on facebook......One of those nights you don't want to end, enjoying the company! I had a great day... Maybe I had a bit too much food and a bit too much pie and a bit more to drink and maybe even said the f word a few more times then necessary.... But all in all I had a wonderful thanksgiving! I didn't get to see everyone but I am grateful for you all!!!!! 

Oh!!!! I almost forgot!!!!! My Grandparents couldn't take their eye off the fields in our view and enjoyed watching the creatures that hung out in them. 

Oh!!!! I almost forgot!!!!! My Grandparents couldn't take their eye off the fields in our view and enjoyed watching the creatures that hung out in them. 

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Every time I am about to take this scene for granted it changes!!!!!! my heart is full!

Every time I am about to take this scene for granted it changes!!!!!! my heart is full!